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Street theaters avoid ‘death’ and live a new wave in São Paulo; get to know them

By Lia Hama

On a Sunday afternoon, couples and groups of friends have drinks, eat sandwiches, and chat at tables overlooking the Praça da República in downtown São Paulo.

There, the menu's QR Codes arrive on VHS tape boxes, and the drinks are baptized with names from movies and series, such as "Casablanca" and "Sex and the City."

Ten minutes before the movie session starts, most people get up and head to the darkroom in the establishment's basement.

This is the Cortina Film Society, a former parking lot transformed into a cinema, restaurant, bar, concert . . .

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